My name is Keia Blair, and I will be joining the Overdose Lifeline team this November for the Indy Monumental Marathon. I am running for Overdose Lifeline because I stand behind their efforts of directly helping those who struggle with addiction and substance abuse. This is an opportunity to share my story, and to honor someone near to my heart that I have lost because drug addiction.
The reality of the seriousness of addiction entered into my life four short years ago when I was in a very serious long-term relationship with someone who became addicted to drugs. My story is built upon walking through those horrendous, dark, and horrid days with him. There was never a day that loving an addict was easy. Our days were filled with lows, valleys, heart-break, frustrations, sadness, and overwhelming feelings of hopelessness. I learned a lot about myself, about him, and about the Lord's hand in every detail. There are no words to describe the pain that comes with addiction- until you have experienced it yourself. At the end of the day, the love of God prevailed through every bad day. Trust me, there were plenty. But there were also good days- days of triumph and days of celebration.
Sadly, he lost his battle with addiction in March. While this has been one of the hardest times of my life, one thing rings through my mind: freedom. he is free. eternally.
the. fight. is. over.
And that is all I ever wanted and fought for, for him.
I want to run this marathon to bring awareness to those around me, to share my story and his, and to support Overdose Lifeline in a way that will allow them to continue changing lives of those addicted.
There are no words to describe the fight that addiction takes. Every day. Every hour. Every minute. There is no run during this training process and on race day that will ever compare to the fight that addiction demands. there is a battle that those struggling with addiction have, daily, in every situation. Satan does not win - and will not.
My training and running will be in honor of Stevie Lockman. For there wasn't a day that he gave up - I shouldn't either. Let's do this 13.1!